Egenis Seminar with Professor Mark Bedau 'Minimal chemical life is a matter of degree'
SpeakersProfessor Mark Bedau, Professor of Philosophy, Reed College, Visiting Professor, FOLSATEC, European School of Molecular Medicine, Director, Initiative for Science, Society, and Policy, University of Southern Denmark
VenueUniversity of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJRoom no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pmAbstract:
This talk describes and defends the PMC model of minimal chemical life, according to which minimal chemical life essentially involves the integration of three chemical functionalities: a genetic program, a metabolism, and a container. The PMC model is illustrated with the help of Rasmussen diagrams (Rasmussen et al. 2009b), which depicts the key functional chemical dependencies among containment, metabolism, and program. The PMC model gains some support from the broad view of life as open-ended evolution, which I have defended elsewhere (Bedau 1996, 1998). Further support comes from the natural way the model resolves the puzzle about whether life is a matter of degree.